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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

You’ve seen my interpretation, and now it’s time for Sam’s interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, and TODAY, you can check out the full round-up on Salazar’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this paintings for its blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam’s outfit is actually quite similar to my own, with the combo of an argyle tee + solid-colored trousers + patterned slip-on sneakers. There are differences, however:  Sam’s argyle tee is grey (mine is blue); his trousers are burgundy (my skinny jeans are dusty rose); and his slip-on sneakers are a blue plaid (mine are a grey-and-pink graphic print).

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

I also think Sam’s mirrored sunglasses really finish off the look. He just looks so effortlessly cool, doesn’t he? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

And of course we had to take a couples selfie, featuring our coordinating argyle tees! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in argyle

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Sam’s style | Corduroy times two

My husband, Sam, is a lifelong fan of the Corduroy bear and books. Years ago, he even wrote to the Out of Print clothing company to ask if they would consider adding adult size options for their Corduroy tee, which at that point was only available in kids’ clothing sizes. They eventually did extend their clothing size options for the Corduroy tee, and Sam immediately snapped up a tee for himself!

Sam teaches English composition and writing, so he loooooooves highlighting literary puns whenever possible — even through his style! So OF COURSE Sam enjoyed pairing his Corduroy tee with a corduroy blazer — it’s so punny! 😀
Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Gingham + necktie style inspiration

A quick note that the monthly reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from Suzanne Carillo’s style blog, an outfit I pinned immediately. She remixed a gingham midi dress + a red tie/scarf under a black sweater vest, which I turned into a gingham button-front shirt + burgundy tie layered under a black scoop-neck dress. Suzanne paired her outfit with shiny red heels, and I went with my shiny red buckled flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

It’s interesting to me that Sam remarked in the morning that this outfit was “intentionally attention-seeking,” and it did turn out to be a head-turner. I got lots of comments and compliments all day, from both colleagues and students. I have to wonder why, because it’s definitely not attention-seeking due to any skin showing; literally only my face, neck, and hands are on display. One could even describe this outfit as prim. Is it my obvious joy wearing this outfit that others can feel? Is it because I, a woman, am playing off both masculine and feminine style tropes with this outfit? Is it simply how the black scoop-neck neckline of the dress stands out visually against the gingham and pop of burgundy at the top? A combination of all the above? What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Y’all, I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved loved loved wearing this outfit! It’s not very spring-like, but WHATEVER. The heart wants what it wants. ♥♥♥ (And actually, black is totally on trend for spring this year. My beloved Tom & Lorenzo have commented about it.)

I wore this outfit on a heavy teaching day, and it pleased me so much that when I walked into one class, one student exclaimed, “You look like Hermione from Harry Potter!” I clapped my hands in glee at this realization, oh yes I did. #hermionemyhero #harrypotterforever #teamgryffindor 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of personal joy out of slipping in subtle, subversive details when I get a chance. It’s often the “quirky” part of my personal style. And today, I borrowed one of my husband’s ties, one that he thrifted years ago, which has a design of thumbs up underneath “Women’s Lib” statements. Yaaaaaaaas. 👍 👍 👍

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

And y’all KNOW I matched my lipstick to my tie. Because that’s how I roll through life, color-coordinated whenever possible. (Love you, Mom, you taught me well!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Weather:  Still chilly enough for tights that day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk day at the library

What:

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Sam’s style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

If you saw the Style Imitating Art round-up for Erin’s final curated challenge for SIA, then this outfit of Sam’s will be familiar to you. He put this look together himself for the challenge — with no help from me! — and I think it’s a good example of how to layer casual pieces together for a stylish yet still casual men’s look.

Sam layered a red argyle sweater over a basic dark grey tee, then layered a light grey zip-up sweater over that. The two shades of grey create visual depth, and the pop of red peeking through is just so dynamic, isn’t it? The black jeans ground the entire look, and the textured slip-on sneakers are fun and casual, and add a bit more pattern to the entire look. As I’ve said before on this blog, Sam has master-level pattern-mixing skillz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

I just love the photo above of Sam cracking up while I take photos for once. One reason is because he is ALWAYS trying to crack me up when he’s taking photos of me. Another reason is because it’s very true to Sam’s personality. And finally, it shows a peek of his “man bun,” which Sam did specially for me, as I really like it when he puts his hair up into a man bun. (He has curly hair, so that hair style just works on him!) I also like that you can see the streaks of grey on the sides of his hair — the grey streaks go with his grey clothing, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap

My friend Christina has the best ideas! She’s the one who invited me to the “cars & couture” local fashion show last summer, and it was her idea to get tickets to the annual local Oscars viewing party, hosted by The Grand Cinema. I am a lifelong Oscars nerd fan, so she did not have to twist my arm to say yes — and then it turned out to be a really fun and unique “double date” when our significant others agreed to come along.

Festive attire dress code

The dress code, as explained on the event’s website, suggested “festive attire.” I had no idea what that meant, so y’all know I looked that up, right? Librarian skillz. 😉 Turns out, “festive attire” is basically like “cocktail attire” but with more sparkle and sequins.

This was a great opportunity for Sam to bust out his formal kilt attire, because YES. And he went full formal, with his tux shirt and buttons and bow tie and fancy, faux-fur sporran. I love love love when Sam gets to wear his formal kilt, because (a) he looks so handsome, (b) the Fraser red tartan is very striking, and (c) he looks so handsome.

And because Sam would be wearing the Fraser red tartan, I knew I would need to incorporate that into my own ensemble. I had two options in my closet that would coordinate with the red tartan:  my navy satin-and-chiffon halter dress, seen here, and my purple retro-style dress with the sweetheart neckline, first seen here. Either dress would have been fine, but I decided on my purple cocktail dress as it provided a bit more coverage, and it’s still winter. Practicality, y’all.

Here we are, in our festive finest:

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

The day before the Oscars viewing party, my friend Christina scored a black velvet wrap dress, seen below. A great find, so classic and flattering! I also loved that she added fun patterns with her clutch and heels. She also convinced her sweetie, Bismark, to incorporate patterns, through his checked button-front and socks. (Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of his socks!).

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Don’t they look so dapper? ♥ And if Bismark’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the tattoo artist who painted the inspiration artwork that I chose for the first Style Imitating Art challenge of the year!

For fun, as well as to honor Bismark, I added his pin to my clutch. (You can also see a closeup of this pin on my Instagram.) I also added a Jamie Fraser Outlander pin to my clutch, to honor my own Fraser. This pin — which some of you may also have seen earlier this year on my Instagram! — was a Christmas gift from friends in Portland. I also added a Wonder Woman pin, because the movie should have been nominated for multiple Academy Awards this year but was shut out. (Other than Wonder Woman not getting nominated, I was pretty happy with the rest of the nominations. And I was pretty pleased with the eventual winners, too.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of clutch and pins

Below is a photo of my other accessories and jewelry. I first added the circular brooch that my husband’s Scottish great-aunt gifted me when we visited her and Sam’s cousins years ago during our trip to Scotland (see this post for more pics during that trip). To coordinate with the black pearls in that brooch, I added two bracelets with black pearls, as well as my headband that looks like it’s made of miniature black pearls. I added more sparkle with my crystal drop earrings, as well as the vintage, Art Deco-inspired brooch from my paternal grandmother.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of scarf rosette and brooch

I used the circular brooch to secure one end of the sash, as you can see above, and I used the Art Deco brooch to secure the top part of the sash on my shoulder, as you can see below.

When I was double-checking to see which shoulder to drape the sash over — wearing it over the right shoulder signifies you are married to a clansman, whereas wearing it over the left shoulder signifies you are married to the clan chieftain — I saw a tutorial for an easy way to do a rosette at the end of the sash. I ended up doing a half-rosette, and I really loved how it finished off one end of the sash. The other end I left hanging down the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

The viewing party was really well-organized! Everyone got awards booklets, as well as a special, complimentary cookie. There was a private viewing room for VIPs, but we opted for the general admission seats — and I am glad to report that the theatre seats were very cushy and comfortable! When you know the telecast will last 4+ hours, that’s a very important detail! 😉

During the commercial breaks, the emcees held raffle drawings and even a costume contest! I forgot to get photos of the costume contest, but you can see more photos from the event here and here on the Grand Cinema’s Facebook site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018, program and cookie

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

They also had a fun photo booth downstairs, which was open during the entire telecast. They had all sorts of props to play with, including a miniature Oscar statuette, feather boas, masks, and more. Sam and I opted for black-and-white photos for our turn — we had fun with the Oscars statuette, because OF COURSE — and we went for full color for a group photo booth souvenir. I loved how these turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Finally, some selfies to wrap up the night!

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

I really enjoyed reliving this fun night while putting this post together — I hope you also enjoyed this Oscars viewing party recap! What did you do for the Academy Awards this year? Please leave a comment and share. 😀

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